Reward for Labor

Reward for Labor

 (Bible Overview #37 of 54)

One Main Truth:  Jesus rewards those that work early and Jesus rewards those that come later

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1 GAME: Balloon in the Air

Game / Bible / Life Connection:  In the Game We all got balloons / In the Bible The men all got 1 denari for their labor / In our Life No matter when we come to Jesus we all go to heaven

  1. Divide players into groups of three.
  2. Give each group 10 balloons and a large beach towel(or similar cloth).
    3. Two of the players will hold the towel at each end. The third player will have all of the balloons. When the game begins the two players will wave the cloth as the third player places a balloon on the cloth.
    4. The third player continues to add balloons to the cloth as the two players wave the cloth trying to keep all the balloons in the air without losing the balloons.
    5. At the end of the game allow the children to keep the balloons.
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2 BIBLE DISCOVERIES: Gospel & Truth - Ephesians 2

 Game / Bible / Life Connection:    In the Game We all got balloons / In the Bible The men all got 1 denari for their labor / In our Life No matter when we come to Jesus we all go to heaven

A Father’s Will: An old man was dying.  It was time for him to give his property and wealth away. He had 9 children; five girls and four boys.  The oldest child was twenty, and the youngest was seven. They all stood around his bed as he spoke. The oldest thought he should get the most, the girls thought they would get nothing, and the youngest was too busy playing with his toy.  

The father announced, “Everybody gets an equal share.” Those who expected more were angry, those who didn’t expect anything were surprised and happy, and the youngest was still playing with his toy.

Jesus had a beautiful parable to explain to us, that everyone who believes in God and accepts His call receives the same reward in the end – the reward of Salvation.

What is Salvation? It is freedom from sin, sickness, and death. It is eternal life in Jesus Christ!

The Grape Garden: Jesus’ parables were so interesting and full of meaning. He told the people the story of the Vineyard Owner and the Workers.  A Vineyard Owner hires workers at different times during the day. Each worker puts in different hours of labour.  However, he generously pays them ALL a full day’s wages at the end of the day. This seems unfair to those who have worked hard all day in the hot sun. But the Vineyard Owner points out that He has not been unfair to those who came first. After all, they agreed to work for a day’s wages. He has simply been just as generous to those who came last. In this way, Jesus said, that the “last will be first and the first will be last.”

The parable of the Workers in the Vineyard teaches us about the generosity of God in Salvation.  

Though we will each receive individual rewards for what we have left for Jesus’ sake (Matthew 19:28-29), our salvation is not earned by our own work or the length of it; it rests in God’s grace alone.

Reward for Labour in the Kingdom of God: God called each one of us to be a labourer in His kingdom, promising whatever is fair as a reward. When we accept Jesus Christ as our personal saviour, we will all receive eternal life as our reward. It is God’s will.  Praise God!

3 LIFE CONNECTIONS

  Game / Bible / Life Connection:    In the Game We all got balloons / In the Bible The men all got 1 denari for their labor / In our Life No matter when we come to Jesus we all go to heaven

Memory Verse:   “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith… it is the gift of God.”  (Eph. 2:8)

Leader, ask God to connect to the children’s minds, the children’s hearts, and in the prayer to connect to the children’s soul.

1. Game 
What happened in the game?
Was it hard to keep the balloons in the air?
What was your reward?

2. Bible
What happened in the lesson today?
How do you think that made the workers feel?
Did they all get what they were promised?

3. Life
Repeat after me: “Dear God, please help me share the truth with everyone even people that may not be nice.  Holy Spirit tell me who you want me to pray for and share God’s truth *pause*.  Jesus please give me courage to obey and share this truth.”  Pray out loud & repeat after me-Dear God, Thank you for your blessings. Help me to remember to always work for you no matter what I am doing.  Amen.

4. Worship Song
Ask the children what is their favorite worship song and then sing several worship songs with hand-motions
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5. Reinforcement 
Use local resources and common objects.
(Optional)
Divide the children into a few groups. Assign different duties to every group like tidying up the place, helping each other etc.  The teacher may appreciate their work equally. See if the children complain about working harder or longer than another child or group.

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